Feb 23, 2010

The Great Global Warming Debate: Wintery weather disproves warming

by Jenna Shoffner

Over the past few weeks, I have had my fair share of back pain from shoveling the mountains of snow out of my driveway. Where is global warming when I need it?

While the campaign to advocate global warming and its alleged dangers continued to run full swing, America experienced its worst blizzard in 90 years, according to World News Daily Mail.

In fact, the nation’s capital itself has been blanketed with snow for weeks on end. Washington, D.C., received record snowfall this winter, the highest since 1888, according to Fox News.

Yet many in Washington and the rest of the world continue to perpetuate the idea of rising global temperatures. Their claims are challenged not only by recent weather but also by scientists.

“The temperature records cannot be relied on as indicators of global change,” professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama John Christy said, according to the Sunday London Times.

Christy says that short-term warming trends are caused by local environmental factors such as land developments. Although urbanization can be a cause for warming local temperatures, many scientists now claim it has no bearing on the overall temperature of earth, according to the Sunday London Times.

Furthermore, global warming claims contain “data quality problems,” Canada’s University of Guelph Professor Ross McKitrick said, according to the Sunday London Times.

It is moderately understandable that climate change advocates may have slipped up on their facts. However, reports show that there could be more to the issue than just mistaken data.

Personal e-mails between scientists in favor of global warming were made public, revealing their manipulation of statistics in favor of their agenda, according to the Washington Times.

In addition, scientists from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in the UK recently admitted to eliminating certain raw temperature data that was supposed to be used in global warming research, according to Fox News.

The fact that global warming might be fallacious, however, should not be a surprise to anyone who has stepped outdoors over the past two months.

Significantly large areas of the United States that rarely ever see snow have experienced at least three major snowstorms in this winter season. Baltimore has documented record amounts of snow at 64.4 inches, Fox News reported.

The United States is not the only part of the world that has seen the mercury fall. Europe, China and India have all experienced major amounts of snow during this winter, according to World News Daily Mail.

The ultimate irony came Dec. 17, 2009, when diplomats from almost 200 countries made their way to Copenhagen for a conference on the “global warming crisis.” Their planes landed in a snowstorm that gave Denmark a white Christmas, according to Bloomberg News.

Given the large amounts of both snow on the ground and fabrication surrounding climate change information, the global warming argument is losing ground. That is a bit disappointing though. It has been so cold that, more than likely, many around the world are longing for a “global warming.”

Contact Jenna Shoffner at
jlshoffner@liberty.edu.


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